A DREAM will soon become reality for a self-confessed Dr Who fanatic who has created his own science fiction museum.

Neil Cole will officially launch his new venture, the Museum of Classic Sci-Fi , on October 20.

John Levene, who starred as Sgt Benton in Dr Who during the 1960s and 1970s, has accepted an invitation to open the museum, at Osborne House in Allendale.

Mr Cole, a teacher at Ovingham Middle School, has transformed the ground floor of the Grade II listed building into a haven of daleks, robots and memorabilia from the genre.

The father-of-two’s work on the project was filmed as part of the Amazing Interiors documentary series by the broadcaster Netflix.

“I am so excited about this new adventure,” said Mr Cole. “The documentary is now available for viewing.

“But it was filmed during the latter half of last year. Back then we only had one third of the floor space ready, so there is much more for people to see now.”

The museum will offer an introduction to the science fiction genre for people of all ages.

Among its attractions will be original props from film sets, including a mask of Dr Who’s arch-ememy, Davros, and part of the costume worn by Chris Hemsworth in the 2011 film Thor.

The open day will include activities at the museum and in the centre of Allendale, with a group of storm troopers marching around the village.

Mr Cole added: “John Levene might not be so well known to younger people now, but he really is a big star of Dr Who.

“I’m honoured that he’s agreed to open the museum. It was surreal just speaking to him on the phone.”

With the support of his wife Lisa, Mr Cole said he planned to open the museum at weekends, and on two week days.

For more information, visit www.museumofclassicsci-fi.com or the museum’s Facebook page.